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Full Report for 06/11/2009

Pop Singer Robbed Outside of Home
BBC reports: Singer Rachel Stevens has been robbed of jewellery by three men who followed her into her flat in north London.

The men ambushed the former S Club 7 star on Tuesday afternoon as she entered her flat near Regents Park.

It is believed the items stolen included her engagement ring, a necklace and her watch. - more on this story

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Jack White Plans Solo CD This Year
MusicRadar reports: Jack White really is the hardest working man in show business. Not content with busying himself with the imminent release of The Dead Weather's rather excellent debut LP Horehound and a host of production duties and guest appearances, White apparently plans to start work on a solo album this year.

Speaking to Music Connection, White also had plenty to say about the modern reliance on Pro Tools in the recording environment:

"I think Pro Tools is highly inappropriate to record music. I think it should be used in films or on documentaries. I think for recording music and wanting it to be soulful it's just the biggest mistake you can make.
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Daughtry Announce New Album Details
RCA reports: As Daughtry prepares for the July 14 release of LEAVE THIS TOWN (19 Recordings/RCA), the band is ready to reveal details behind the follow-up to its Grammy-nominated, quintuple-platinum debut.

Singer Chris Daughtry, bassist Josh Paul, drummer Joey Barnes, and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely recorded the album's 12 songs in Los Angeles with returning producer Howard Benson (All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance).

Many of the songs from LEAVE THIS TOWN, Daughtry says, reflect how where we've been determines where we're going, including the first single "No Surprise," which has been the #1 most added at Hot AC 4 weeks in a row. The "No Surprise" video was directed by Nathan Cox. In it, the song's theme of love gone wrong is expressed through the character's relationship with the town where he lives. "The place you call home can cause heartbreak just like a bad relationship," Chris says. "Places change just like people change. Sometimes the best thing you can do is leave."
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Two Men Charged For Beating Rocker To Death
Blabbermouth reports: WNEP.com reports that two men were charged Monday with the beating death of Donald Troy Skiff, the 34-year-old drummer of the Wilkes Barre-based glam/hard rock band Wicked Sins. It comes more than a month after Skiff was reported missing.

Michael Simonson and Elvis Riccardi, both of Wilkes-Barre, are charged with homicide for Skiff's death.

The musician's body was discovered last week in a wooded area of Jenkins Township. The man from Plymouth man disappeared after a fishing trip in Shickshinny in late April. Now, investigators said they know why. They said Skiff met Riccardi and Simonson at a bar in the Shickshinny area. Sometime later, they got into a fight. - more on this story

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The Raveonettes Release Studio Demos
PR reports: This morning, Danish noir rock duo The Raveonettes announced plans to give fans unique access to the recording of their upcoming fourth full-length, a Vice Records song-cycle still without a title, due this Fall.

The fact that the album remains in its infancy isn't stopping Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo from offering fans the chance to hear full studio demos of album tracks while they're still works in progress.

In a longer-form Myspace blog posted earlier today, Wagner said "don't be shy to leave comments for the tunes, we most definitely appreciate your opinion. We want to make the best Raveonettes album to date!" The first song released, tentatively titled "Last Dance," is about "how drug addiction interferes with love," says Wagner, and follows in the woozy, starlit footsteps of 2008's Lust Lust Lust. - Go Here To Download The Raveonettes' "Last Dance (Demo)"

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U2 Talk Up Spider-Man Musical
MusicRadar reports: U2's Bono and The Edge are talking about their upcoming Broadway bow as writers for the score to Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark - even though previews don't begin for another seven months.

In a video interview, Bono says, "We were open to the idea of musical theater, but Spider-Man, that's a different thing again, because that's comic books, and there's a whole series of relations between punk rock and rock bands and comic books, that goes back years."

The U2 singer adds that the pair were eager "to mess with all these aspects of pop culture, put them in a blender and see what comes out on the other end." - more including the interview video

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More Details on Free Black Crowes Bonus CD
Megaforce reports: The Black Crowes will release their new studio CD, Before the Frost... on September 1, 2009. A second album, titled …Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a "thank you" to their fans for two decades of continued support.

Before the Frost..., and its corresponding free album …Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band's fans, making them a part of The Black Crowes musical history.

The innovative technique of inviting fans into the studio as part of the process during recording is a rare experience. - more on this story

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Collective Soul On Track For New CD
PR reports: Collective Soul have revealed the title and track listing to their upcoming Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records debut album, Collective Soul (Rabbit).

The album, which is scheduled for an August 25th release date, was recorded at frontman Ed Roland's Lake House studio and is self-produced. The first single, "Staring Down," shipped to Hot A/C and Triple A formats on June 8, followed by the rocker "Welcome All Again," which will ship on July 6 to Rock formats.

Collective Soul (Rabbit) track listing is as follows: Welcome All Again - Fuzzy - Dig - You - My Days - Understanding - Staring Down - She Does - Lighten Up - Love - Hymn For My Father
- they are also hitting the road

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Dave Matthews Sinks Eminem
PR reports: Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (RCA) debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 424,089 copies sold in its first week of release.

The record is also No. 1 on the Digital Albums Chart, the Rock Albums Chart and the Alternative Albums Chart.

Big Whiskey is the band's fifth consecutive studio album to enter The Billboard 200 in the top position - thus tying Dave Matthews Band with Metallica as the only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1. - tour dates

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John Mellencamp Live Release
On Target reports: On June 23rd Concord Music Group / Hear Music will release Life Death Live And Freedom, a special low priced 8-song live companion collection featuring many of the key songs from John Mellencamp's 2008 much-lauded Life Death Love And Freedom.

The special low priced offering from Concord / Hear Music will be available at all retail and digital outlets for $7.98 (CD) & just $5.99 (digital).

In recognition of Mellencamp's upcoming tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, a special "Deluxe Tour Pack" edition that includes both original studio album Life Death Love And Freedom bundled with the new Life Death LIVE And Freedom will also be available on June 23rd. - more on this story

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Adam Lambert Is Gay- Specials Reunion- Guns N' Ford- Phoney Braxton Acquitted- Linkin Park Commencement- Blink To Go Heavy- Free Black Crowes CD and more
antiMusic reports: In today's well duh feature we have: American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has told Rolling Stone magazine he is gay, answering a question that followed the singer for months since he gained millions of fans on the No. 1 U.S. TV talent show.more Also not surprising, RCA has inked him to a deal more

The Specials, whose ska music heyday 30 years ago coincided with a grimly familiar backdrop of economic hardship and unemployment in Britain, are to embark on a 13-date reunion tour of the country.more

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will be doing shows over the summer with Lita Ford, playing guitar with Lita's backing group alongside Bumblefoot (the band) drummer Dennis Leeflang.more. Guess that Chinese Democracy tour isn't happening after all.
A Toni Braxton impersonator was acquitted Tuesday of trying to fool paying customers into thinking she's the real thing. Judge Robby Rodrigues said it wasn't clear whether Trina Johnson-Finn knew that concert-goers had been led to believe she was really Toni Braxton.more

Late-1980s pop artist Henry Lee Summer has a court's permission to enter drug rehabilitation in Nashville, Tenn., while he awaits a trial in Indianapolis on methamphetamine possession and other charges.more

Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson will give the keynote speech at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement this Friday, June 12. Delson replaces actor James Franco, who recently opted out of the appearance.more

When SPIN.com caught up with Mark Hoppus recently, the Blink-182 bassist/vocalist said the reunited band plans to play new material on their summer tour. And now drummer Travis Barker has come forward to detail the new songs -- which, he says, are "heavy"! more

The Black Crowes will release their new studio CD, "Before the Frost..." , on September 1, 2009. A second album, titled "…Until The Freeze", will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in "Before The Frost…" as a "thank you" to their fans for two decades of continued support.more

This week Soft Focus heads to Chicago to talk with Steve Albini the city's most famous analog recording engineer about pretension, Pop Tarts, the American taste, the MP3 and blogs, and how 50% of a band's success depends on the drummer. Watch Steve Albini on Soft Focus!

Grammy-winner Natalie Cole on Tuesday said she will return to singing in September following a recent kidney transplant, and she set her first performance in the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.more

The latest episode of Talking Metal, contains an interview host Mark Strigl and special guest VH1 metal expert, Eric Bohnenstiel, conducted with Biff Byford of Saxon. Topics include "Metalhead," "Into the Labyrinth," Charlie Bauerfeind, Metallica, Yorkshire, the Rock Hard Festival, Byford's book, and Grand Theft Auto.listen here

Alan Jackson plans to celebrate 20 years in the music business with free show more

Moonspell and Samael will team up for the "Night Eternal Above America" tour this fall with support from Book Of Black Earth and Secrets Of The Moon.dates

New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright has been hospitalized after a stroke. Relatives say the 61-year-old Wright had just finished her regular gig at the CoCo Club on Bourbon Street early Saturday when paramedics were called because the singer wasn't feeling well and had slurred speech.more

iTunes has selected The Sippy Cups' new single "Seven Is The New 14" to be their first ever Discover Download in the Children's genre. The song will be available free from the iTunes Store for one week beginning today. Additionally, The Sippy Cups' new album, THE TIME MACHINE, is now available for early purchase, exclusively at the iTunes Store. (Official release date through all retail outlets is June 16.)

The new video for Pop Evil's "100 in a 55" can be found here

Speaking of evil pop: Britney Spears will tour Australia for the first time in her career, the U.S. pop singer said in a statement posted on her Web site on Tuesday.more

Seeker Destroyer has dropped off their forthcoming tour with Continuance and Your Memorial. The group has issued the following: "We had some problems with our schedule and finances as well." more - more News Quicks

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Seventh Void, Lacuna Coil, Kill Hannah and Dommin For American Spellbound Tour
PR reports: Just as they start wrapping up their month long Spring tour, Seventh Void have signed up for The American Spellbound tour with Italy's Lacuna Coil starting on the 4th of July. The guys will be supported by Kill Hannah and Dommin.

The supergroup lineup of Seventh Void features Johnny Kelly, Kenny Hickey, Hank Hell, and Matt Brown.

Earlier this year, Seventh Void released their debut album Heaven is Gone to critical praise via Vinnie Paul Abbott's Big Vin Records.
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